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Dualshock 3 controllers spotted on US shelves

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356w ago - Stephen B over at Engadget is reporting that his local circuit city in Maryland have stock of the new PS3 dual shock controllers.

I'm guessing you'll need to snap one up quick if the asian sales are anything to go by.
 

Vader playable in The Force Unleashed!

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356w ago - Lucasarts have announced that the all powerful Darth Vader will be playable in The Force Unleashed. However, he will just be available in the games first level, and from then on you will instead take the role of Vader's apprentice - which is the guy you have most likely seen in all recent screenshots and videos of the much vaunted title.

As Vader you will apparently get to play with all the force powers available, causing as much destruction as you want, thus getting a good taste of what's to come further on in the game. If you ever played one of the Metroid titles you should be familiar with mechanic, although in this case you won't be losing your powers, but instead switching to a different character to build from thr ground up.

Sounds exciting, but it was recently announced that Star Wars: The Force Unleashed will be released this September, so you've got a bit of wait before you can grab your red lightsaber, and truly understand the power of the Dark Side.
 

The history of Grand Theft Auto

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356w ago - The Grand Theft Auto series is what brought videogames to the mainstream. It's a bold claim, albeit one that's undeniably true - sure, Lara Croft made the cover of The Face, but if you were to ask an audience of non-gaming types what modern games they've heard of, a good percentage of them are bound to reference Grand Theft Auto in one way or another, whether it's one of the original top-down 2D games or a more recent 3D offering.

Why? Whether it's for the right reasons (gaining critical acclaim for being, you know, actually good) or because the game was caught up in controversy on more than one occasion, the GTA series is popular - whether distant or close - amongst people of all ages.

Grand Theft Auto - PlayStation

The first game in the series was released on the PlayStation in '98 following its '97 PC release and was instantly recognised for being something special. Not that we need to back up this fact, but the cover of our copy of the game contains a sticker with a 91 percent rating from PlayStation Plus, nine out of ten from Official PlayStation Magazine, and 92 percent from Play... this speaks for itself.

Many have looked at the original Grand Theft Auto as being a much more arcade-led affair. You answer payphones and set out to complete the mission...
 

Steinberg hints at a few upcoming PS3 features

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356w ago - Scott Steinberg seems to be in a PR overhaul lately, popping up in several interviews. This latest installment has what some would call a challenge to the competition, but we won't focus on that flamebait comment.

He talks about how Sony hasn't had a big keynote speech this year yet -- he feels the Blu-ray victory is good enough for now. We're personally expecting a big one at E3. He hints also that movie and music download services may be coming soon -- perhaps also to be covered at our expected E3 speech?

Big name titles, he says, will keep momentum going for the PS3 this year, but he also mentions the possibility of more downloadable PS-One and PS2 games on the PlayStation Store. Steinberg says there are "on-going sessions" to get more third-party titles up on the store, so who knows, before the end of the year we might have a much more impressive library than we do now. Maybe it'll almost rival the insane selection available on the Japanese store.

Speaking of games, there's no open Home beta now because Sony has set the bar so very high, they don't want any more people to see it until it meets their standards to get into the public eye. We'd like to see more PS-One and PS2 games on the store, and an open beta for Home would be nice. We'll see what happens this year!
 

PS3 Dualshock 3 controller Review

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356w ago - The wait is over: rumble is back on the PlayStation 3!

These new wireless controllers use a hybrid design, combining the motion sensor of the Sixaxis controller with the rumbling abilities of its predecessor, the PlayStation 2's DualShock 2.

Overall, the new DualShock 3 is a delight. It's slightly heavier than the Sixaxis, with a more sturdy, solid feel. The handgrips no longer flex when you squeeze them, and the black plastic is completely opaque (the Sixaxis used cheaper, transparent plastic).

So far, we see only two small gripes. For starters, the DualShock 3 does not appear to ship with a mini-USB cable; none was included in the retail box we received. Mini-USB cables are dirt-cheap these days, so that shouldn't present a big problem.

Secondly, the DualShock 3 sacrifices a bit of its "oomph" in the name of better battery life (and possibly not interfering with the integrated motion sensor). The DualShock 3 still pumps out a pleasing pulse sensation, but it does feel slightly weaker than the DualShock 2.

Aside from those nitpicks, the DualShock 3 is the controller Sony fans have longed for ever since the PlayStation 3 launched with its neutered Sixaxis. It does cost a bit more money -- $54.99 compared to the Sixaxis's $49.99.

But you might not have...
 
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